Get Connected at the ISA Annual Meeting

To be held virtually on Saturday, April 17, 2021


ISA Discussion Series: It’s OK to Be Kind and Assertive!

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm


ISA Webinar: The Phenomena of Belonging

Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm







Latest happenings at the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists

Get involved, connect with colleagues and discover resources. These events were made just for you.

ISA knows that the current practice environment is a challenging one, full of difficult decisions and contentious issues.
We bring together anesthesiology experts from across the state to collectively develop solutions and
advance the future of our practice, so you can focus on patients.


It’s OK to Be Kind and Assertive!

We’re hosting an interactive discussion on Friday, April 9 at 7:00 pm with Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, author of Between Grit and Grace.

Sasha Shillcutt, MD (pictured at left) taught herself how to be a gritty, grace-filled leader and live authentically. Now, she wants to help other women be brave enough to do the same. Her passion is empowering and encouraging women to be brave enough in their professional and personal lives. She believes women cannot be too brave, too kind, too strong, too smart, too funny, too beautiful, or too authentic.


Using real-life stories—ranging from women in law and medicine to women in education—the book explains how women can be feminine and formidable. Leadership and lipstick are not mutually exclusive. You’ll realize you can be bossy and caring, fearless and vulnerable, relentless and forgiving, smart and humble—and make it to the top. Across the space of ten chapters, you’ll learn how to navigate the forces that have shaped the modern workplace while doing so with grit and grace. When a woman lives authentically—she succeeds.

Get Connected – Be a Delegate at the Virtual Annual Meeting on April 17 

How does this work?

ISA is governed by a House of Delegates which is the process we follow to elect officers and formalize a discussion into an action plan. Join us virtually on Saturday, April 17, 2021 – it’s simple sign-up today to participate in the meeting.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any Active Status member interested in advancing the Society’s mission to educate, advocate, and represent anesthesiologists practicing in Illinois. Your District and/or Area is based on your practice location.

What’s my role?

Attend a virtual meeting to discuss issues affecting our specialty and formulate an action plan for the Board to implement. Bring us issues you think deserve the Society’s attention and keep your colleagues informed. Your participation will influence the practice of anesthesia in Illinois.

Sign up here to participate


The Phenomena of Belonging

Virtual session on Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00 pm

Including people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences adds value. It means access to the widest range of perspectives, talents and skills. Often, that is where the focus ends—diversity and inclusion. However, there is a third, critical component, and that is “belonging.” A simple word but a huge concept. Diversity and inclusion just do not work without it.

Creating cultures of diversity and inclusion in our organizations requires that we strive to nurture a sense of belonging in those who work, live, play and worship alongside us in our shared spaces and communities.

Join speaker Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH (pictured at left) in a discussion on how belonging represents—and gives power and force to—the concepts of diversity and inclusion. Belonging means acceptance, not tolerance. It means more than feeling like you fit in. Belonging is a mindset characterized by being able to be authentic, knowing you matter and that your voice is essential.

Belonging is:
• A basic human need
• A prerequisite for the development of self-esteem, confidence, and reaching full potential
• Something you can create for yourself
• Among the strongest of human motivators
• Demonstrated through acceptance, active inclusion, and representation


Executive Physician Leadership Program 

Inspire. Influence. Achieve.

September 9–12, 2021

The Executive Physician Leadership Program, designed in partnership with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, provides aspiring to mid-level leaders with necessary leadership skills development in the areas of influence and motivation, change management, corporate finance and health care system strategy. Your successful completion of this four-day curriculum offered over two weekends will advance your leadership and health care strategy skills while earning Continuing Medical Education credits and a Certificate of Completion.

James L. Allen Center at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Further information about the ASA Executive Physician Leadership Program is available here.

Physician Anesthesiologist Week Kicks Off with Proclamation by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

The week of January 31-February 6, 2021 has been declared Physician Anesthesiologist Week. For details, see story using this link.

ISA Practice Management Webinar “Contracting During Covid”

Video of medical practice attorney Judith Semo, JD and healthcare attorney Vicki Mycowiac, JD presenting their insights and real world advice on a wide range of concerns coming to the fore with Covid, including: changes to CMS waivers and HIPAA, and the new CARES Act and FFCRA; the advent of “force majeure” claims by hospitals; notice provisions in employment agreements; negotiating the terms of a furlough or a reduction in compensation; insurance coverage and professional services agreements; and so much more. The last 16 minutes are devoted to a Q&A session moderated by ISA President Tripti Kataria.

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